Laws and Rules

Contact the Board office at 919-420-1390 for a printed copy of the statutes and rules applicable to the opticianry profession in NC, available at a cost of $10.

For convenient on-line access, click on the links below; both sites contain easy to use searches for finding individual statutes or rules.

1. Laws: NC General Statutes Regarding Dispensing Opticians

2. Rules: North Carolina Administrative Code (Title 21, Chapter 40): Opticians The Administrative Rules accessible by this link contain all the revisions effective in April 2011, and those effective September 1, 2012 and January 1, 2013. These revisions resulted from the 2010 review by the Board, the required comment-and-discussion period, and time allotted for final legislative review and activity.

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3. Passage of Session Law 2016-117 gave the Board its first fee increases since 2004, after 3 years of requesting the increase and belt-tightening. The bill in its entirety is found at

The other items added into Session Law 2016-117 (re: changes to the training and exam processes) will be a bit trickier and will take some time for evaluation of how best to incorporate them into the profession, while maintaining the standards the Board has always held.

As the implementation processes move forward, licensee and public comment will continue to be sought and your comments welcomed.